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Life-changing head-on car accident

Two cars after crashing together
14th May 2014

The bid for a motor accident compensation claim is being pursued by a woman from Suffolk who suffered brain-damage in the event which killed her sister.

Local newspaper the Haverhill Echo reports that the victim, who lives in the town, is suing the offending motorist for more than half a million pounds.

The woman's sister was driving the vehicle in which the pair were travelling.

A head-on collision took place when Stansfield man Rhodie Povey, drove his Porsche 944 at speeds of up to 77 miles per hour, before veering onto the wrong side of the road.

This caused a horrific head-on car accident with the Citroen Saxo in which the sisters were travelling.

The man was jailed for three years in 2009, after admitting causing death by dangerous driving during the incident on the A143.

The 44 year-old woman behind the wheel sadly died of multiple injuries two days later at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

Meanwhile her sister is no longer able to manage her own affairs as a result of her injuries, and is suing through her son.

The 57 year-old woman, now suffers from severe physical disability, with an unsteady gait, and eyesight problems meaning her life has changed forever.

She is at risk of developing epilepsy, and will not return to work – partly due to being significantly disadvantaged on the open labour market.

According to a recent High Court writ, she is no longer able to live independently, cannot manage her own financial affairs, and needs considerable care.

Mr Povey had been trying to overtake a stationary car when he crossed on to the wrong side of the road and hit the Citroen, as is detailed in the writ.

The man's insurers have admitted liability for the accident, but the two sides are thought unable to agree how much compensation the brain-damaged victim should receive.

According to the writ Mr Povey is charged with driving too fast, doing so negligently, tried to overtake at a time when it was unsafe, and did so without ensuring the road ahead was clear.

On top of this the writ finds him liable of driving on the wrong side of the road, and failing to take evasive actions to avoid the collision.

The plaintiff at the centre of the motor accident compensation claim is seeking provisional damages of more than £500,000.

That's in addition to an order allowing her to return to court for more compensation if her condition deteriorates.

Reported by Fiona Campbell